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Manchester: A Vibrant Destination Inspirational Itinerary Ideas Spend A Few More Days In Manchester Key Highlights In Manchester 2018 Explore Greater Manchester Greater Manchester Map Explore Northern England & Wales How To Get Here Getting Around Manchester Getting Around the North
Manchester Art Gallery
WHAT TO DO
14 Photo Opps 16 Pubs and Bars 18 Afternoon Tea 20 Shopping 24 History and Heritage 28 Sport 32 Music 34 Family 38 Outdoor & Adrenaline
St Ann's Square
MANCHESTER DISTRICTS 41 Central Business District, Civic Quarter & Petersfield 49 Deansgate, Castlefield & Spinningfields 55 Medieval Quarter 59 Oxford Road Corridor 67 Chinatown 69 Gay Village 71 Northern Quarter 75 Ancoats 77 The Quays 81 TraffordCity
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MANCHESTER: A VIBRANT DESTINATION 2018 marks the start of two years highlighting Manchester’s radical roots and focuses on the ideas and events that changed Britain and the world; from the centenary of the first women gaining the right to vote to the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre in 2019.
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Manchester is one of the UK’s most cosmopolitan and welcoming cities. With its fine traditions of culture, music, sport and top class events, there’s endless opportunities to inspire you across Greater Manchester.
From music and art to theatre and architecture, Manchester’s culture is known for its energy and excellence. The new UNESCO City of Literature is awash with new and refurbished cultural venues and Manchester is preparing for the opening of The Factory, the new permanent home for the Manchester International Festival, in 2020, with high profile Pre-Factory events in 2018 as well as the next MIF in 2019.
Manchester is the shopping capital of the North, offering a range of shopping experiences from high end to high street, from local to independents. New for 2018 includes stores such as Patagonia, Fjall Raven, French Connection, Watches of Switzerland, Paul Smith, Colette, Victoria’s Secret and Timberland.
Manchester is known all around the world for its sporting prowess and the best sporting entertainment is to be found here. Home to two world class football teams, as well as international T20 cricket this summer, Manchester will also host the Taekwondo World Championships, Festival of Cycling and the Speedway of Nations world championships.
Birthplace of the computer, the football league and Northern Soul, Manchester’s heritage is rich and diverse. Take in the history at MSI, housed in the world’s first passenger railway station, or at Chethams Library, the oldest public library in the English-speaking world.
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MANCHESTER: A VIBRANT DESTINATION
FOOD & DRINK
From high-end restaurants and renowned chefs setting up camp here, to independent good value eateries, global cuisine and also locally produced grub on offer, Manchester has cemented itself as a culinary city. New openings include Mackie Mayor, a food hall in a converted Butcherâ€™s market, 20 Stories on the top floor of a Spinningfields skyscraper and Tast, who bring three floors of Catalan cuisine to King Street.
A visit to Manchester would not be complete without a night out exploring the cityâ€™s bars, pubs and clubs. Hotspots include vibrant Spinningfields, bohemian Northern Quarter and the up-and-coming Ancoats district.
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Manchester has music in its soul. Mancunian exports include The Smiths, Take That and Oasis who have contributed some of the most important rock and pop music of all time. Today you can enjoy an array of music from classical to jazz to rock and pop in a wide range of different venues.
Greater Manchester has miles of inspiring countryside, crisscrossed by historical waterways and dotted with picturesque towns and fascinating attractions that make for a great day out of the hustle and bustle of the city.
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INSPIRATIONAL ITINERARY IDEAS Manchester has plenty to offer whether you’re here for a day or longer. Here are a few suggestions to help you with your visit. For more inspiration and ideas go to visitmanchester.com DAY TRIP Start the day with a big hearty breakfast, either in your hotel or in places such as Black Milk, Federal Café, Koffee Pot or Albert’s Schloss. Now get a great introduction to the city with a Walking Tour of Manchester. Through a number of anecdotes and stories, the city landmarks are brought to life and hidden gems are revealed by expert guides. There are a wide-range of tours to choose from covering everything from architecture to social history. Next, in this year of the Radical City, head to the People’s History Museum. A fabulous national museum housed in a former Victorian pumping station with a striking Corten clad extension. Here you can find out all about ideas worth fighting for – from the suffragettes to the birth of the trade union movement and lots more. A year-round programme of changing exhibitions and events means there’s always something new to see and learn about. After a stop for lunch, explore more areas of the city by hopping on the Sightseeing Manchester Bus. The 15 stop hop-on hop-off tour has been carefully planned to take you round some of
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Manchester’s key sights including the Town Hall, National Football Museum, Museum of Science and Industry and Manchester United Football Club. English commentary is by Lord of the Rings and Lost actor (and local lad) Dominic Monaghan. In the evening, you’re spoilt for choice for where to go for dinner. The Corn Exchange is home to an eclectic mix of new restaurants from around the globe in a beautifully restored building. If independent places are more your style, head over to the Northern Quarter or Ancoats where there are a whole range of places to try. You’ll find lots of cafes and bars here too. And don’t forget Chinatown or Curry Mile for something more exotic. Manchester is world famous for its music. Head to one of the city’s many live venues including Albert Hall, Band on the Wall, Gorilla, Manchester Academy or Matt & Phred’s. Check out the programme at RNCM or The Bridgewater Hall if classical music is your thing.
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SPEND A FEW MORE DAYS IN MANCHESTER Here are some great ideas if you’re extending your stay. DAY ONE Start your day with a tour of either one of the world’s biggest football clubs on a Manchester City or Manchester United Stadium and Club Tour. Explore behind the scenes at the Etihad or Old Trafford Stadium, walk down the players’ tunnel and pretend to get a grilling in a press conference. Continue the football theme with a visit to the National Football Museum which occupies the iconic Urbis building. Discover more about the beautiful game through interactive activities and amazing exhibits, including the replica World Cup trophy made in 1966 when the real one was stolen. The building also houses Café Football and Michelin Chef Michael O’Hare’s restaurant Rabbit in the Moon. After working up an appetite, have lunch at the Albert Square Chop House or another of Manchester’s Chop Houses, which specialise in the best of British cooking. Their venues also have some of the most attractive traditional architecture to be found in the city.
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In the afternoon hop on a Metrolink tram for a 15-minute journey to The Quays (MediaCityUK or Eccles line). Visit the Imperial War Museum North which is housed in a distinctive building designed by international architect Daniel Libeskind. IWM North explores the subject of conflict and uncovers how war shapes lives, offering a rich and poignant experience. Follow up by shopping at the Lowry Outlet Mall Manchester’s only factory outlet is open seven days a week and offers top quality high street names at up to 50% off. Alternatively take a tour of the BBC at MediaCityUK. Just a stones throw away, enjoy a pre-theatre dinner at Pier Eight Restaurant which specialises in contemporary British cuisine using seasonal ingredients. After your meal catch a show at one of Manchester’s biggest theatres, The Lowry. An annual programme includes musicals, plays, dance, opera and comedy.
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SPEND A FEW MORE DAYS IN MANCHESTER
DAY TWO Start your second day bright and early and head down to the Manchester Museum. Explore the museum’s extensive exhibits, from Egyptian mummies to ancient coins. Make sure to visit the vivarium to see the various species of tree frogs. Next visit Manchester Art Gallery, one of the country’s finest galleries which combines a historic collection with touring exhibits from contemporary artists. Make your way to the newly refurbished Rosso Restaurant on King Street for an upmarket Italian lunch which also happens to be owned by famous footballer Rio Ferdinand. As you are on King Street, spend some time browsing the wide array of shops
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on offer. Distinctive designer, high end brands and jewellery shops are lined up on the famous street. Not too far away is Exchange Square if you want to look around Selfridges or Harvey Nichols. Finish off the evening by visiting the upmarket area of Spinningfields which is home to some of the city’s best bars such as Artisan, The Alchemist and Neighbourhood. For dinner, consider Fazenda, Iberica, Australisia or Tattu. For more inspiration of where to go and what to see in Manchester check out the chapters on our unique districts like the Northern Quarter, Ancoats and Chinatown. Why not venture further out across Greater Manchester – see pages 85-91 for more ideas. Or extend your stay and explore the North on day trips – see pages 93-95 for inspiration.
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Envirolution Festival 2018
The King Street Festival
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Platt Fields Park, Manchester
King Street, City Centre
Diggle Blues Festival
Diggle, Saddleworth, Oldham
Markets at Sadler's Yard
Sadler's Yard, Manchester
Parklife Festival Heaton Park
The Tour of Tameside Various venues across Tameside
Manchester Day Parade City Centre
Emirates Old Trafford, Trafford
The Sparkle Weekend Sackville Gardens, City Centre
Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride
The Piazza, MediaCityUK, Salford
Wigan International Jazz Festival
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England v India T20
Great Manchester 10K Run
Manchester Day Parade
Various venues across Greater Manchester
The Cheshire Bazaar Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield
he Greater T Manchester Fringe Festival
Festa Italiana Manchester
Cathedral Gardens, City Centre
Ironman UK 2018 Bolton
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, Cheshire
Manchester Jazz Festival
Albert Square, City centre
Bee in the City
Various City Centre venues
Alexandra Park, Manchester
Wigan Live Festival Wigan Town Centre
Manchester Literature Festival Various venues across Greater Manchester
The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
Rochdale Feel Good Festival
Cotton Clouds Festival 2018
Manchester Folk Festival
Manchester Science Festival
Wave (part of 14-18 NOW's tour of the iconic poppies)
Bolton Food and Drink Festival Bolton Town Centre City Centre
Imperial War Museum North, Trafford
Vintage Vehicle Gathering
World Black Pudding Throwing Championships
Saddleworth Cricket Club, Oldham
East Lancashire Railway, Bolton
Ramsbottom, Lancs outside the Oaks pub on Bridge St
Manchester Food & Drink Festival City Centre
Sport Music Cultural LGBTQ Exhibition Food & Drink Festival Shopping
Caribbean Carnival of Manchester
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Upper Campfield Market, City Centre – tbc
Albert Square, City Centre
Various locations, Greater Manchester
Autumn Steam Gala
Bolton Street Station, Bury
Buy Art Fair
Manchester Central, City Centre
Halloween in the City
Various City Centre venues Christmas Lights
Albert Square, City Centre
Manchester Christmas Markets Various City Centre sites
Santa Specials Steam Ride
East Lancashire Railway, Bolton Street, Bury
Bolton Winter Festival Bolton
Chinese New Year Celebrations
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PHOTO OPPS Whether you’re looking down on the city from up high or just wandering the streets and admiring, there are some great places in Manchester to snap away. WATERSHARD, IWM NORTH Stunning views across the Manchester Ship Canal can be seen through this iconic building’s ferry-like windows, which give a nod to the cargo liners that once travelled this route and provide a different aspect of the city.
MANCHESTER TOWN HALL
This spectacular Victorian building is one of the most popular photo opps locations in the city. The interior is closed for refurbishment until 2024, but make sure to visit at night when the Town Hall is lit up magnificently.
Rich in culture and history, and home to some of the city’s oldest buildings, such as Manchester Cathedral and Cheetham’s Library the Medieval Quarter and Exchange Square provide a striking contrast between old and new as Shambles Square and the Corn Exchange nestle alongside the Urbis building, home to National Football Museum and New Cathedral Street, home to Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.
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STEVENSON SQUARE, NORTHERN QUARTER
Wander around the streets of the Northern Quarter, looking at the colourful street art, bars and cafés. A potential reminder of urban areas in New York, Stevenson Square is a great location to visit for a photo, day or night.
The neo-gothic Town Hall extension curves around the circular neo-classical Central Library to create a unique area. It’s one of Manchester’s finest urban spaces for visitors to walk down and take snaps.
CLOUD 23, HILTON DEANSGATE MANCHESTER
Cloud 23 is more than just a bar, it’s a unique venue and the highest public space in Manchester. It offers fantastic panoramic city views from the 23rd floor of the Beetham Tower.
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PUBS & BARS As a great place to unwind, socialise and enjoy a few drinks, no visit to Manchester would be complete without a visit to one of the city’s famous pubs or bars. MARBLE ARCH
73 Rochdale Road, near Northern Quarter/Ancoats Housed in an ornate 19th century building, this Manchester institution’s philosophy is that a good ale house should have low music and high spirits. A great place for conversation, discussion and debate.
THE OLD WELLINGTON INN
No 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Spinningfields 20 Stories offers a rooftop restaurant, grill, cocktail bar and terrace with Modern British menus created by Aiden Byrne along with fantastic views of the city centre.
TARIFF & DALE
4 Cathedral Approach, Medieval Quarter This beautiful old pub next door to Manchester Cathedral is hugely popular with locals in the summer. This pub, along with its neighbour Sinclair’s Oyster Bar, are possibly the only two pubs in the world to have been physically moved twice.
2 Tariff Street, Northern Quarter On the corner of Tariff Street and Dale Street sits the restaurant and bar venture from the team behind The Lead Station in Chorlton. Tariff & Dale takes on an urban kitchen physique with industrial innards where you can tuck into cool surroundings and freshly cooked cuisine.
THE REFUGE BY VOLTA
MR THOMAS’S CHOP HOUSE
The Principal Manchester, Oxford Road Since opening in late 2016, The Refuge by Volta which is inside The Principal Manchester, has earned a reputation for its eclectic small plates, relaxed atmosphere and lively special events.
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52 Cross Street This genuine Victorian bar was built over 100 years ago with the Grade II listed building first opening as a public house in 1870, making it one of Manchester's oldest. It’s cast iron frame building and terracotta block displaying Art Nouveau motifs is a local institution and one of the jewels in Manchester’s crown. Its unique atmosphere, friendly staff, fine wine, beer and food make it well worth a visit.
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AFTERNOON TEA Afternoon tea is a great British tradition first made popular by the aristocracy in the 17th century. Today the practice of having tea with sandwiches, scones, sweet pastries and cakes has become a fashionable treat and these places provide Manchester’s take on this tradition. PROPER TEA
10 Cateaton Street This lovely little tearoom opposite Manchester Cathedral is not only one of the prettiest spots in the city for a relaxing afternoon nibble, but is also home to one of the UK’s broadest selections of loose leaf teas.
THE TEA ROOM AT THE MIDLAND
The Midland Hotel, 16 Peter Street After a refurb and a brand new space, Manchester’s only setting specifically designed for, and dedicated to, afternoon tea is open inside The Midland. Guests can choose from an extensive selection of bespoke loose-leaf tea served with finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream, and a range of delicate cakes and pastries in elegant surroundings.
15 Richmond Street This Alice in Wonderland themed tearoom has to be seen to be believed. The intricate décor and unique menu makes this a great spot to escape from reality and explore an imaginative new world.
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HARVEY NICHOLS BAR AND BRASSERIE
21 New Cathedral Street Harvey Nichols offers afternoon tea with a wonderful view over busy Exchange Square. With a large selection of miniature treats to sample, this is one of the best places to go if you feel like treating yourself.
OPUS ONE AT THE RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN Free Trade Hall, Peter Street As well as the traditional English afternoon tea, Opus One also serve a gentleman's tea, featuring a steak & ale pie and mini fish & chips. A glass of champagne or a pint of beer can be added on!
THE RIVER RESTAURANT AT THE LOWRY HOTEL
50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Salford The Lowry Hotel gives this classic British tradition a contemporary twist in the clean-lined, sun-soaked environs of The River Restaurant. Afternoon tea includes finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, pastries and dainty fancies washed down with teas, infusions or Champagne.
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SHOPPING Manchester is the shopping capital of the North of England, offering a diverse and unique retail experience for all budgets and tastes. MANCHESTER ARNDALE
Market Street Manchester Arndale is right in the heart of the city centre and home to over 200 stylish stores. Inside, an £11 million re-development is underway with Hallé Place, a new contemporary casual dining destination, opening soon.
INTU TRAFFORD CENTRE
Regent Crescent, Stretford M17 8AA intu Trafford Centre is one of the largest shopping, dining and leisure destinations in the UK. Located a few miles out of the city, you’ll find over 200 stores as well as restaurants, an ODEON cinema, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre and SEA LIFE.
52 Church Street Afflecks is like an Aladdin’s cave of unique independent traders offering a wide array of jewellery, clothing and craft stores. Spend hours getting lost in this labyrinth of treasures. Affecks is also on the doorstep of the city’s Northern Quarter for more wonderful independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
New Cathedral Street is Manchester’s go to place for designer brands. Running between St Ann’s Square and Exchange Square, it's home to Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Reiss, Ugg, Zara, Ted Baker, Paul Smith, Burberry, Hugo Boss and Michael Kors.
With many historic buildings, King Street is one of the most architecturally beautiful areas of Manchester as well as home to designer and luxury brands from DKNY to Kiehls, jewellers, beauty stores and several fabulous bars and restaurants including El Gato Negro, Rosso and Tast.
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Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 9JJ Travel further outside of Manchester and you’ll find one of the most popular designer shopping outlets in the country. McArthur Glen Design Outlet Cheshire Oaks is the one-stop for all the must-have fashion labels, all with discounts of up to 60%.
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HISTORY & HERITAGE The city was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and has a rich history of many firsts. Here's some top facts about Manchester’s renowned heritage. INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
Manchester was the world’s first industrial city. It was classed as the cotton-making capital of the world in the 18th century and dubbed ‘Cottonopolis’ and the ‘Warehouse City’ during the Victorian era. The first modern computer was built at the University of Manchester. Called ‘Baby’ it was built using technology developed for WWII communications equipment and ran the world’s first stored program in 1948.
In 1904 Frederick Royce produced the first car from his factory in Cooke Street, Hulme. He soon attracted the attention of Charles Rolls and following a meeting in The Midland Hotel, they then set up the world famous car manufacturing company bearing their names.
In 1803 John Dalton developed his atomic theory in Manchester and the atom was split for the first time by Ernest Rutherford, in an experiment at Manchester University in 1919.
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The Hallé orchestra, the UK’s oldest symphony orchestra (and the fourth oldest in the world), was founded in 1857 by German conductor and pianist Charles Hallé to perform at the Manchester Art Treasures exhibition. 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the year the Suffragists and Suffragettes won the partial right for women to vote. Manchester celebrates its radical roots and is home to the Pankhurst Centre, the former home of Emmeline Pankhurst from where the Suffragette movement rose.
PETERLOO & THE FREE TRADE HALL
On 16 August 1819 in St Peter's Fields, armed cavalry charged a peaceful crowd of around 60,000 people gathered to listen to anti-poverty and pro-democracy speakers in an event that became known as the Peterloo Massacre. On the site of the demonstration the Free Trade Hall was built in 1856, to celebrate the repeal of the Corn Laws, and later was converted into the 5* Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel.
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The John Rylands Library Step into a world of imagination and learning
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SPORT Manchester is of course famous all over the world for its football and a visit to one of the city’s football stadiums is a must whether it’s for a tour or the full match day experience. Manchester is not just football with a host of international events and fixtures taking place in the city as well as sports-themed activities for those who want to get involved in the action. MANCHESTER UTD FC
Old Trafford Stadium The world’s most famous football club offer behind-the-scenes tours and hospitality packages and VIP match day experiences. These fascinating tours, coupled with their passionate guides allow a unique glimpse into footballing life include the trophies, changing rooms, tunnels, and dug-out as well as the chance to pick up a souvenir all at the Theatre of Dreams.
MANCHESTER CITY FC
The Etihad The City Experience takes you behind the scenes at the world's fastest growing football club, where a professional guide will take you on an unforgettable tour of the stadium and museum. Enjoy the drama and atmosphere of a matchday at the Etihad Stadium and cheer on Pep Guardiola and his team of stars in City’s revolutionary new hospitality experience - The Tunnel Club.
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and activities in the renowned Foster’s Fan Village. The home of Lancashire County Cricket Club also hosts international Test, One day and T20 cricket matches as well as concerts and events.
THE HSBC UK NATIONAL CYCLING CENTRE
Stuart Street One of the World's finest and fastest board tracks. The velodrome offers sessions to anyone seeking to experience this exciting sport, as well as hosting regular international events. For those wanting to take it freestyle, the centre has recently been equipped with a brand new £19m indoor BMX track.
GREAT SPORTING EVENTS
Manchester is also home to the National Cycling Centre, National Squash Centre and National Speedway Stadium as well as hosting major international championships in Taekwondo, Table Tennis and Lacrosse. The annual Great CityGames is part of a great weekend of sport in Manchester including the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run, Europe’s biggest 10k.
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MUSIC Manchester is famous for its music and thanks to a great variety of venues has become a popular destination for music fans of all kinds. BAND ON THE WALL
25 Swan Street, Northern Quarter One of the cornerstones of Manchester's music scene for the greater part of the last century, Band On The Wall occupies a grand old Victorian pub, and was at the centre of Manchester's punk scene in the late 1970s. To this day it plays host to many internationally-acclaimed artists.
27 Peter Street With a full calendar of live music and club events throughout the year Albert Hall features live shows from the world’s biggest acts and has acted as an excellent home for club nights such as the Transmission series and FAC51: The Haçienda.
THE BRIDGEWATER HALL
Lower Mosley Street This state-of-the-art 2,400 seat auditorium, with magnificent Marcussen pipe organ, regularly holds moving performances ranging from classical and jazz through to world and popular music. It is the home of Manchester's renowned orchestra The Hallé, as well as the performance base for the city's other distinguished ensembles, the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata.
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ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC (RNCM) 124 Oxford Road RNCM is an internationally acclaimed conservatoire and a thriving performance venue delivering an eclectic programme of music and opera. Two auditoria make this a major venue for classical music, jazz and opera performed by top international professionals as well as the RNCM's celebrated student ensembles.
MATT AND PHRED’S
64 Tib Street, Northern Quarter This little neighbourhood hangout is mostly known for showcasing the best in local and international jazz, but also exhibits genres as varied as folk, gypsy, electro, salsa and swing.
Hunt's Bank Manchester Arena, is one of the busiest venues in the world and the largest indoor arena in Europe. Since opening in 1995, the Arena has hosted the biggest names in live entertainment including U2, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Pavarotti and the record-breaking residency by Peter Kay, Manchester’s biggest bands such as Oasis and Take That and some of the biggest events in the UK sporting calendar.
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FAMILY Manchester isn’t just for grown-ups, it’s a city filled with interesting activities and attractions that all the family can enjoy SMITHILLS OPEN FARM
Smithills Dean Road, Bolton Set in the vast open countryside of Smithills Country Park next to the historic Smithills Hall, children and families will love visiting to see cows, pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits, llamas, owls, eagles, donkeys, ducks and deer. The farm is home to over 25 different types of residents - some are more furry than others.
CBBC TOUR AT MEDIACITYUK
Salford Quays, Salford MediaCityUK is the home of CBBC where many favourite children’s programmes are made, such as Blue Peter and Newsround. Kids can have a go at being a CBBC presenter or find out how it feels to present the news and weather. They’ll also discover what goes on behind the scenes.
EAST LANCASHIRE RAILWAY
Bury An ideal day out for kids both big and small (and adults), this heritage railway runs steam and diesel trains through beautiful Pennine Lancashire scenery. There are lots of special events throughout the year including the popular Santa Specials, so check out what’s on in advance.
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MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY
Liverpool Road, Manchester Based on the site of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station, children of all ages can learn and be inspired about the people, places, things and ideas that began in Manchester and went on to influence the world. Lots of hands-on interactives plus special events and exhibitions make this museum particularly family-friendly.
Upton, Cheshire Chester Zoo is home to over 21,000 endangered and exotic animals based in beautiful, award-winning gardens. There are a variety of tours and hands-on experiences, as well as daily animal talks to guarantee a day is full of animal adventure.
Trafford Quays Leisure Village Play Factore is the UK's leading family entertainment centre. With facilities that cater for children from 6 months – 16 years old, Play Factore are the only family entertainment arena in the UK where parents can play with children on age-applicable equipment.
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OUTDOOR & ADRENELINE If you want to get out into the fresh air or are looking for somewhere to take your excitement levels to the new heights then Manchester has a great selection of options for both the adrenaline junky and those who want to escape the crowds in the countryside. HOLLINGWORTH LAKE
Littleborough, Rochdale This lake, which in fact is a reservoir, is the starting point for a variety of lovely walks. Enjoy beautiful scenery surrounding the lake and a nature reserve with a bird hide. You can also try kayaking and windsurfing on the lake with equipment available for hire. The Rochdale Way passes through the park so there are plenty of opportunities to explore more of the surrounding countryside.
HELLY HANSEN WATERSPORTS CENTRE
Salford Quays, Salford A state-of-the-art watersports and outdoor activities centre located in the heart of Salford Quays. Try your hand at a fantastic range of activities - from dinghy sailing and windsurfing to power boating and climbing for the adrenalin junkies.
Trafford Quays Leisure Village, Trafford Learn to ski and snowboard at Chill Factore, home to the UKâ€™s longest indoor skiing and indoor snowboarding slope.
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SALE WATER PARK
Sale/Chorlton, Trafford Located to the south of the city, youâ€™ll find a lovely area of countryside and parkland containing a lake, woodland, meadows, the River Mersey, cafe, restaurant and Trafford Watersports Centre - have a go at canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and stand-up-paddle boarding.
PEEL TOWER, HOLCOMBE MOOR AND RAMSBOTTOM
Ramsbottom, Bury This circular walk gives you everything; spectacular views woodland, riverside rambling and heritage. Have a rest when you reach Peel Tower to catch your breath and admire views across Manchester and the North West.
Great Ducie Street, Manchester Kickair is the largest indoor activity park in the North West of England including trampolining, a ninja warrior course, total wipeout, adult and childs climbing wall, basketball, dodgeball, football darts, speedgoal and performance trampolines.
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CENTRAL RETAIL DISTRICT, CIVIC QUARTER & PETERSFIELD This area is the core of Manchester city centre. It includes stunning buildings such as the Town Hall, cultural venues and shopping areas Market Street and Manchester Arndale
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THINGS TO SEE AND DO
The Civic Quarter centres on Manchester Town Hall – the crowning glory of the city. This gothic masterpiece is filled with stone statues, sparing spires and religious symbolisms and dotted with bees symbolising Manchester’s industriousness. The Town Hall is now closed until completion of the multi-millionpound transformation project in 2024. Albert Square is a cobbled space in front of the Town Hall often used for key events such as the Christmas Markets, Manchester International Festival and Manchester Food & Drink Festival. Manchester Art Gallery is one of the country’s finest art museums showcasing wonderful historic collections alongside international contemporary art. St Ann’s Square is a quiet pedestrianised square surrounded by shops including the stunning Barton Arcade. On the opposite side
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of the square is The Royal Exchange Theatre, a Grade II listed former world centre for cotton trade, now home to ground-breaking plays and storytelling by leading playwriters. Recently opened The Rivals Bar & Restaurant is inside this fabulous building. St Peter’s Square is home to Manchester Central Library, The Midland Hotel, new development One St Peter’s Square and Manchester’s Cenotaph. The Portico Library contains a remarkable 19th collection of 25,000 books, housed in an original splendid Grade II* listed building. The Free Trade Hall was originally built to commemorate the repeal of the Corn Laws on the site of the Peterloo Massacre in 1819. It’s now home to the five-star Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel. Petersfield is Manchester’s conference district and home to Manchester Central Convention Centre, Bridgewater Hall and Great Northern.
FOOD AND DRINK
The beautiful Barton Arcade is home to Pot Kettle Black, Lunya (a fabulous deli as well as a bar and restaurant) plus Be At One cocktail bar. Caffe Grande by Piccolino on the corner of Albert Square, has an alfresco terrace, open kitchen, Harrods style food hall and serves delicious Italian food in a wonderful Victorian listed building. El Gato Negro has a bar on the ground floor, another on the roof with a retractable roof and a Spanish
restaurant and really makes the most of the historic building it calls home on King Street. Opus One is the place for fine dining and afternoon tea at the Radisson Blu Edwardian on Peter Street. The Midland Hotel has several eating and drinking options including Adam Reid at The French, Mr Cooperâ€™s Restaurant & Bar and The Tea Room. Mr Thomasâ€™s Chop House first opened as a public house in 1870. It has beautiful arches and Victorian tiling and does classic British cooking. visitmanchester.com | 43
CENTRAL RETAIL DISTRICT, CIVIC QUARTER & PETERSFIELD
This area is the heart of the cityâ€™s shopping offer. From high-end to high street, thereâ€™s something for everyone. King Street is full of stunning buildings showcasing great architecture with a range of stores to choose from. Manchester Arndale has over 200 stores all under one roof with all your favourite high street stores and Market Street is the hub of shopping in the city.
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There are a variety of options of places to stay in this part of the city including King Street Townhouse, Hotel Gotham, The Midland, Radisson Blu Edwardian or Motel One Royal Exchange with the Stock Exchange Hotel opening soon.
The Midland in Manchester is one of the city’s gr andest hotels, offering truly supreme service levels, excellent facilities and an unbeatable location. The historically listed building boasts 312 sumptuous guestrooms, 14 varied conference and meeting rooms, 2 acclaimed restaurants including Adam Reid at The French and Mr Cooper’s, an award-winning Tea Room, newly refurbished Bar & Lounge and a state-of-the-art luxury spa.
Situated in the heart of Manchester’s city centre, The Midland offers an ideal location to enjoy the very best that the city has to offer, from arts and culture with its theatres, museums and football stadiums, to its diverse range of nightlife and shopping.
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CASTLEFIELD, DEANSGATE & SPINNINGFIELDS The Romans founded ‘Mamucium’, later renamed Manchester, in 79AD in the area now known as Castlefield, the UK’s first urban heritage park. Deansgate is home to Manchester landmark, the Beetham Tower, and restaurants and bars congregated largely around the realm of glass and steel known as Spinningfields
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Peopleâ€™s History Museum is dedicated to telling the story of ordinary working people and ideas worth fighting for. It couldnâ€™t have a better home than Manchester, the birthplace of the trade union movement and universal suffrage. Museum of Science and Industry is based on the site of the oldest passenger railway station in the world. From the first steam-powered mill and microcomputer, to the pioneering work conducted in our universities today, innovation is the city's lifeblood. The John Rylands Library might not look like a library at first glance.
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This masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture looks more like a castle or cathedral. Its world class collection includes the oldest known piece of the New Testament, the St John Fragment. Castlefield Gallery may be small but it is influential, presenting thoughtprovoking contemporary art and supporting emerging regional artists. In newly developed area First Street, HOME is a centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film. It includes two theatres, five cinema screens, 500 square metres of gallery space, a bar, restaurant and shop, all under one roof.
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Spinningfields is home to some of the best bars and restaurants in the city. D&D London have opened their first venue in Manchester, 20 Stories, with Aiden Byrne, formerly of Manchester House as head chef. Masons Restaurant Bar is the first of three dining venues planned for Manchester Hall, the Grade II listed former Freemasons Hall. Manchester House continues to offer a fresh and innovative menu, Iberica offers the finest Spanish gastronomy whilst Fazenda offers a taste of Brazil. The Oasthouse offers visitors the chance to enjoy the outside space along with cask ales and barbecued food. Grindsmith in the Great Northern Warehouse serves up excellent artisan coffee, pastries and sandwiches. The Gasworks Brewbar on First Street celebrates industrial heritage with a rustic feel and a modern twist. A few doors down, Kettlebell Kitchen has
opened a second site (the other is in Ancoats) serving healthy, nutritious as well as delicious, food. Local Masterchef winner Simon Wood recently opened his first restaurant in Manchester. Wood, on First Street, is great for casual fine dining concentrating on flavours and seasonality. Castlefield is well known for great outside spaces at places such as Dukes 92, The Wharf, Albert’s Shed and Barca.
House of Fraser, still often known locally as Kendals, is one of the city’s leading premium department stores with a magnificent beauty hall and a new shoes, handbag and women’s fashion department. San Carlo Cicchetti is an award winning Italian restaurant and bar on the ground floor. Spinningfields has a selection of luxury stores such as Emporio Armani, Mulberry and Flannels. visitmanchester.com | 51
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One of the city's most vibrant destinations, Spinningfields is a thriving hub for work, rest and play. Home to some of Manchester's most popular bars, restaurants and shops, Spinningfields is also the biggest commercial district in the city, housing some of the largest corporations in the North West. Spinningfields is home to The Avenue, which has an impressive array of flagship stores including Emporio Armani, Mulberry, Flannels and Oliver Sweeney, plus some of the most exciting eateries in the city. Spinningfields is a truly unique city quarter, providing Manchester with spectrum-wide innovation from architecture to retail and art to fine dining.
Hilton Manchester Deansgate occupies the landmark Beetham Tower on Deansgate and is also home to Cloud 23 (located on the 23rd floor) offering stunning views. Innside Manchester is in First Street, an up and coming new area of the city centre that includes the flourishing new arts centre HOME.
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MEDIEVAL QUARTER The Medieval Quarter is home to Manchesterâ€™s 600 year-old Cathedral, a historic library and modern gardens. It has a swish, modern side to it too with Greengate, NOMA and the Corn Exchange surrounding the area
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Manchester Cathedral is an essential visit sporting a gorgeous interior housing the finest late medieval woodwork in the north. The National Football Museum attracted 100,000 visitors in the first six weeks of opening and its popularity is yet to drop. Expect football-related displays and exhibitions, an extensive shop, as well as the new CafĂŠ Football Manchester on the ground floor. Manchester Arena is the largest indoor arena in Europe and one of the busiest venues in the world, regularly playing host to the biggest stars of live entertainment. Team Sport Go Karting, under Manchester Arena, comes alive with a multi-level state of the art track. Up to 16 drivers at a time can have an adrenaline fuelled
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experience on track, enduring speeds of up to 40 miles per hour, while throttling down the long straights. Manchester Jewish Museum has recently reinvented itself as an events venue. Keep an eye on the programme that takes place beneath stunning stained glass windows. Chethams is a well-preserved medieval college building housing a seventeenthcentury library, believed to be the oldest public library in England. Its interior, furniture and fittings date from 1654. The Stoller Hall offers an unrivalled acoustic and a stunning visual backdrop for live music, conferencing and performance. Brand new in 2017 and based within Chethamâ€™s School of Music, it offers a completely new auditory experience in the heart of the Medieval Quarter.
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The Corn Exchange is a collection of modern restaurants in a Grade II-listed, 19th century building. A dining destination in its own right, containing Mowgli, Wahaca, Banyan Bar & Kitchen and Salvis amongst others. The Second Floor Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie in Harvey Nichols is set in stylish surroundings and boasts expansive views over Manchester, offering the perfect break from a busy day shopping. Sinclairâ€™s Oyster Bar was moved brick by brick to its current location after the IRA bomb in 1996. Go for cheap drinks, outdoor seating and great atmosphere. Proper Tea sits opposite Manchester Cathedral and offers a contemporary take on the traditional British tearoom. Honest Coffee a few minutes walk away on Chapel Street in Salford is host to events and exhibitions and serves locally roasted coffee and locally sourced seasonal food.
Harvey Nichols department store showcases a range of designer brands. Here you can be guided to the perfect outfit or wardrobe by a style concierge. Selfridges, opposite, is also home to designer brands and two different eateries â€“ San Carlo Bottega and San Carlo Gran Cafe. New Cathedral Street is where you can tick off great brands such as: Paul Smith, Reiss, Zara, Ted Baker, Hugo Boss and more in one go. Just around the corner, Hanging Ditch Wine Merchants is a thriving independent store with a huge selection of carefully selected wines from regions spanning the globe.
Roomzzz Corn Exchange is located on the upper floors of the gorgeous Corn Exchange building, and Hotel Indigo opens soon.
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Based in the heart of the city, Manchesterâ€™s historic Palace Theatre & Opera House offer world-class theatre experiences for all.
With a newly-refurbished, stylish Bistro and Stage Door Bar, the two venues are a real cultural destination and also have a range of luxury Ambassador Experience packages on offer to make you feel like a true V.I.P. For corporate entertaining, the venueâ€™s dedicated team will create a tailor-made package including the very best room hire rates and sponsorship opportunities to suit your business needs bringing an added touch of theatre magic. atgtickets.com/manchester Group Bookings: 0333 009 5390* (Mon - Fri; 9am - 5.30pm) *Calls charged at local rate
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OXFORD ROAD CORRIDOR Corridor Manchester runs the length of Oxford Road and is home to two universities, an Olympic-sized pool and a good number of the cityâ€™s best music venues. Yes, this is student land, but cultural institutions such as The Whitworth and Manchester Museum make it a real draw for locals and tourists too
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The Palace Theatre opened in 1891 and is still one of Manchester’s major venues, regularly hosting some of the world’s biggest theatre productions. The Ritz was originally a dance hall, built in 1928. It has hosted The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and The Smiths and is still going strong as a gig venue now. Manchester Aquatics Centre was originally purpose–built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. It boasts two Olympic-sized pools, a children’s area with slides, and numerous fitness studios. The Royal Northern College of Music is both a music venue and academic institution training up some of the country’s finest music students. Manchester Museum boasts six million pieces in its archive, an impressive Egyptology collection and
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new discovery space The Study all in one gothic, Grade II*-listed building. Contact is the go-to place for emerging theatre in the city, with commissioned work here achieving high acclaim. Set back from the road but recognizable by its H-shaped turrets. The Whitworth recently underwent a £15m redevelopment; the gallery now extends out into Whitworth Park, seamlessly transitioning from old to new. The exhibitions here are excellent and the museum won Museum of the Year in 2015. Victoria Baths no longer functions as a ‘water palace’ and Turkish Baths, but the Grade II-listed building hosts regular events and is a stunning visit, with stained glass, terracotta tiles and mosaic floors. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House has spectacular period rooms, villa garden and a tea room for visitors to enjoy since being restored.
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Fumo is lavishly decorated and specialises in cicchetti, or Italian small plates using fresh seasonal ingredients. A few doors along, Real Junk Food Manchester aims to reduce as much food waste as possible by feeding bellies not bins. They source food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, wholesalers and other food businesses and transform it into lovely meals on a pay-as-you-feel basis. Panchos Burritos grew out of a small stall in the Manchester Arndale food market. This colourful restaurant does top Mexican food, properly spiced. Gorilla’s food menu features towering burgers, lots of halloumi and the best truffle parmesan chips in the city. The gin saloon upstairs has its own bar and feels semi-exclusive. Zouk injects new
life into Indian and Pakistani cooking, serving everything from street food to traditional dishes in a modern, comfortable setting. Bakchich does excellent, reasonably priced Lebanese food including shawarma, pickles, mashawi grills and baklawa. 8th Day is a co-operative shop that sells ethicallysourced food, wine and cosmetics. There’s also a café that serves hearty, healthy meals in the basement. Hatch is an interesting new retail and leisure pop up space under the Mancunian Way on Oxford Road which is home to independent traders in repurposed shipping containers. The Curry Mile in Rusholme has been a hub for IndianPakistani cuisine for over 40 years, with a huge selection of restaurants, takeaways and shisha lounges just a five minute taxi ride away from the city centre.
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The Principal Manchester is an unmistakable landmark on the city's skyline and had an extensive refurbishment in 2016. A magnificent, terracotta Grade II listed building, the hotel’s history dates back to 1890 when it first opened as The Refuge Assurance Company headquarters. New in 2018 will be a ‘double decker’ hotel with Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites occupying a brand new building just off Oxford Road.
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Meeting of minds Conveniently located at the very heart of the city, Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa is an excellent choice for meetings and conferences. • Only one minute walk from Piccadilly Train Station • 20 minutes from Manchester Airport • Conference capacity for up to 250 delegates • 338 luxurious bedrooms • Fully inclusive delegate package • Club Corporate rewards for regular bookers
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CHINATOWN Manchesterâ€™s Chinatown is a riot of colour and flavour. Restaurants serving up Chinese, Japanese, Nepalese, Vietnamese and Thai food jostle for attention at street level, with more places to eat, specialist groceries and karaoke bars occupying basements and upper floors
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The annual Chinese New Year festival occurs in the early months of the year and is a big highlight in Manchester’s events calendar; it includes food stalls, dancing dragons in a traditional parade and thousands of red lanterns across the city. The magnificent Chinese Arch that stands proudly over Faulkner Street signifies Chinatown’s importance within Manchester. The arch is painted in red and gold and adorned with dragons, phoenixes, colours and symbols of luck and prosperity.
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Serving exquisite dim sum and Cantonese cuisine, the Yang Sing offers some contemporary takes on traditional Cantonese cooking and an enviable reputation as one of Manchester’s finest food institutions. For Japanese, head to Yuzu – this restaurant famously doesn’t serve sushi but is widely regarded to be among the best eateries in the city. Ho’s Bakery’s buns are not to be missed – honey buns, custard buns, coconut and red bean buns, all pillowy soft in that way that only Chinese baking techniques can create. The small markets in Chinatown are a terrific resource for the home cook. Wing Fat, Woo Sang stock a broad selection of Chinese produce including rare greens and fresh seafood you’re unlikely to find in supermarkets.
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GAY VILLAGE A beacon of celebration in the city, the Gay Village is a must for any visitor to Manchester. Located just south of Chinatown, along and around Canal Street, the Village is both party central and a living piece of social history - proof that Manchester is one of the world's leading gay-friendly cities
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Manchester takes great pride in its LGBT heritage with dedicated walking tours around the area unfolding the community’s rich history. Look out for the stone rainbow flag tiles which follow the route of the trail. What better place to come and ponder your thoughts than in Sackville Gardens? The Gardens are home to The Beacon of Hope, Tree of Light and Alan Turing statue and is a regular venue for diverse events.
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Richmond Tea Rooms serves mouthwatering cakes, breakfasts, sandwiches and a variety of teas set in over the top décor themed around Alice in Wonderland's Mad Hatter's tea party. The Molly House, also on Richmond
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Street, is an intimate, rustically styled pub and its vintage décor is a delight in which to enjoy some of their home cooked tapas and cakes and carefully selected ales and wines. Villagio offers restaurant dining on Canal Street and is a firm favourite for lunch and evening dinner, serving an eclectic menu of British and continental favourites with daily special offers. As well as weekends, weekdays are particularly popular with bars Napoleon's, Bandit, Mugger and Thief and New York New York all having a faithful repertoire of regulars.
Velvet Hotel offers stunning boutique rooms and suites all designed to an exceptionally high standard. Book a room overlooking Canal Street and watch the crowds go by.
NORTHERN QUARTER Manchesterâ€™s most characterful, independent district with streets bursting with independent cafĂŠs, shops, bars and cultural hotspots. It has a laid-back, bohemian vibe during the day, and transforms at night into teeming pavements of people in search of good food, craft beer, pop-up events and live music
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Manchester Craft & Design Centre is home to a café and 18 different craft studios, where you can buy stunning jewellery, ceramics, prints and more direct from the makers. Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) is a small but fascinating gallery that champions cutting-edge work by Chinese artists. Band on the Wall is a legendary Manchester venue; its stage
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has hosted many groundbreaking acts. Check for tickets to live gigs and DJ sets. Matt & Phreds jazz bar is effortlessly cool with round, Parisian tables which, on a good night, the audience will push back to dance to the music. Chapter One, with its small café, cosy armchairs and indoor fountain, is one of Manchester’s best independent bookshops.
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A new addition is Mackie Mayor, a striking Grade II listed market building on Swan Street, which has been overhauled and reimagined by the team behind the massively successful Altrincham Market and Market House. In here you’ll find fantastic independent traders who are passionate about food and drink. Ziferblat charges guests per minute to use their giant living room space. Visitors can help themselves to a variety of hot and cold drinks, an array of snacks and use super strength WiFi. Bonbon Chocolate smells deliciously of cocoa and the hot chocolate here is the best in the city. Choose unusually flavoured truffles to take away too. Fig
& Sparrow is a café that doubles up as a gift shop, selling beautiful homeware as well as quality brews and food. Evelyn’s menu manages to be inventive yet not overly fussy and very tasty. Filled with plants, this restaurant feels both elegant and laid-back. Tariff & Dale is located in a former Victorian fabric warehouse, where touches of the original remain. Go for great cocktails, modern British food and sourdough pizza. Federal Café is an in-demand brunch spot, serving eggs, french toast and all the smashed avo you can handle amid a trendy Antipodean vibe. Common, there’s no bar like it. Unbeatable for a fantastic, friendly atmosphere, great food and the occasional pub quiz. visitmanchester.com | 73
Oklahoma is packed full with brilliantly-chosen, colourful, quirky items and gifts you wonâ€™t find elsewhere. Oi Polloi is a goldmine for designer trainers and high quality, no fuss menswear. Piccadilly Records has been open since 1978, selling expertly curated music in every genre imaginable on vinyl and CDs. Not to be missed. Afflecks is a famous shopping emporium with a unique variety of eclectic stores. Four floors of fashion, accessories, homeware, vintage, memorabilia, tarot, tattoos, piercing studios, alternative fashion and cafĂŠs.
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Opened in January 2018, Cow Hollow Hotel is one of the coolest and most hip boutique hotels, in a fully restored former textile Victorian warehouse. Other hotels include Malmaison, ABode, Doubletree by Hilton and Crowne Plaza. If hostels are more your budget, choose from Hilton Chambers Hostel and Hatters Hostel or serviced apartments The Light ApartHotel and The Place Aparthotel.
ANCOATS Once home to the textile mills that established Manchester’s reputation as ‘Cottonopolis’, now the beautiful red-bricked factory buildings are being renovated as flats, small independent businesses are flourishing and Ancoats’ renaissance as the UK’s “hippest hang-out neighbourhood” continues
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Cutting Room Square is currently the hub of the area, a wide open space with public art and benches that used to be where bales of cotton were cut. Hallé St Peter’s is a deconsecrated Grade-II listed church, once a theatre prop store, then a knitting factory, before being restored and becoming a rehearsal space for the Hallé orchestra. Hope Mill Theatre, an independent 120 seat theatre complete with café and bar, is hidden away in a Grade II-listed old mill. Check out the striking architecture in New Islington on your way. The Express Building was completed in 1939. Once home to the Daily Express newspaper, the Grade II*listed futuristic art deco building is now occupied by flats and offices.
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Recent openings include Elnecot, which has been attracting rave reviews for their innovative food and industrial
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chic décor. Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza is a simple set up, but might well hold the crown for best pizza in the city. Go early, though; it’s popular and they don’t take bookings. Vnam is a friendly, family run restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Café Cotton serves great coffee, cake and quality food. It’s right next to the canal, too, so you can take away and find a spot to eat outside if it’s sunny. Squid Ink is a low-key, nofrills neighbourhood restaurant built on a love of food and creativity. Companio Bakery sells freshly-baked bread from a small unit in Ancoats, but also from Victoria station. The Marble Arch is a treasured pub, popular with both Manchester’s residents and visitors. It boasts an impressive selection of real ales, Victorian period features and top notch pub grub. Sawmill Court is currently being developed and will see Sugo Pasta Kitchen and Hip Hop Chip Shop opening soon.
THE QUAYS Opened by Queen Victoria in 1894, the Salford Docks became the busiest in the UK, serving the ships that came up the Manchester Ship Canal. Today The Quays is the site of MediaCityUK, a huge purpose built media hub thatâ€™s home to the BBC and ITV, as well as world-class cultural attractions
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The BBC in MediaCityUK is home to programmes including Match Of The Day and Radio 5 Live. Take a tour behind the scenes to see how it all happens. The BBC Philharmonic runs regular studio concerts that are free to attend, but with tickets allocated by ballot. The Lowry combines the performing and visual arts across its two theatres, exhibition and studio spaces. A breathtaking landmark in its own right, The Lowry is a must see tourist attraction. IWM North is about people and their stories; how
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lives have been, and still are, shaped by war and conflict. The award-winning building is designed by international architect Daniel Libeskind. Ordsall Hall is a spectacularly preserved Tudor mansion and museum – one of only eight such houses in Lancashire – and is supposedly haunted by the broken-hearted White Lady. Victoria Warehouse was formerly host to the famous Warehouse Project. It’s a flexible event space that includes a boutique hotel, spa, bar and bistro-style restaurant.
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The Alchemist is a gold-clad statement building and the bar's outdoor terrace offers stunning views across the Manchester Ship Canal and a vista of all of MediaCity's creative hubs as well as The Lowry. Pier Eight is The Lowryâ€™s own stylish restaurant and bar and serves both a casual and formal menu. Craftbrew offers an all-day deli menu, and the Dockyard is a popular pub with a wooden dĂŠcor and a people-pleasing menu of burgers, battered fish, nachos and pies. CAU has the best steaks, burgers, steak sandwiches and a tempting selection of moreish favourites, each with a distinctive Buenos Aires twist. Booths is a high quality family-run northern chain supermarket that majors on local, sustainable produce.
Lowry Outlet Mall has six plaza restaurants and over 80 stores offering up to 60% off High Street prices. If you are looking for something a little different, or a souvenir of your visit to The Quays, go to one of the gift shops at The Lowry or IWM North.
Hotel Football is a 4 star hotel located opposite Manchester United's stadium and boasts a number of unique features making it the go-to destination for fans, families, business travellers and tourists. The 4 star Holiday Inn Express Salford Quays offers contemporary accommodation at great value rates
for guests. The Copthorne Hotel Manchester exhibits spacious comfort in all 166 guest rooms. Visitors will appreciate the fantastic Quayside location and picturesque views over the waterfront. Ibis Budget Salford Quays is conveniently located and offers good value for money. Quay Apartments are set in a contemporary modern backdrop offering high-spec furnishings and fantastic amenities. Hilton Garden Inn opened in September and is inside Emirates Old Trafford. The new hotel features 85-pitch facing rooms, where you can soak up the sun from the balcony whilst you enjoy cricket from your own private space. visitmanchester.com | 79
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TRAFFORD CITY The Trafford City Leisure Village encompasses a variety of things to explore. From sports activities to high end fitness gyms, it has it all
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Across the Manchester Ship Canal, AJ Bell Stadium is home to Sale Sharks and Super League’s Salford Red Devils. intu Trafford Centre is as much a theme park as it is a shopping centre. Why not treat the family to a trip to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre , SEA LIFE Manchester or Namco Funscape.
Manchester's biggest and most flexible event venue is EventCity and hosts many consumer and trade exhibitions and conferences such as The Ideal Home Show, The X Factor and the Caravan and Motorhome Show.
At Trafford City the agenda is sport and adrenaline with Trafford Golf Centre, iFLY Indoor Skydiving Manchester, Aerial Extreme, Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park, Chill Factore and PlayFactore. Afterwards relax at the David Lloyd Spa.
Make a weekend of it and check in with the friendly and helpful staff at Premier Inn Trafford Centre hotels (there are three of them), Travelodge Manchester Trafford Park or Holiday Inn Express, Trafford City.
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EXPLORE GREATER MANCHESTER Greater Manchester is a diverse region made up of ten distinct districts. So get out of Manchester city centre and enjoy a mix of beautiful countryside, waterways and thriving cities and towns
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One of the North West’s friendliest towns, located on the edge of the West Pennine Moors. Bolton offers a fantastic calendar of events throughout the year, as well as captivating museums and beautiful countryside. visitbolton.com
Take a trip out of the bustling city to Bury, where you can hop on a steam train and wander the surrounding green landscape, visit a local brewery or explore the famous Bury markets. visitbury.com
Oldham retains many features of its proud history as a powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution, as well as many modern attractions. In contrast Saddleworth, with its natural beauty, is the gateway to the Peak District National Park. visitoldham.com
Rochdale is Greater Manchester’s greenest borough, with an abundance of open spaces and award-winning parks, as well as Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre. It’s also steeped in history and its magnificent town hall is one of the regions’ greatest architectural gems. visitrochdale.com
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With world-class entertainment, leisure and cultural facilities, Salford offers enough arts, sport, shopping and heritage to fill a week. Head to The Quays, a stunning waterfront destination for spectacular architecture, award-winning theatres, gallery and museum, outlet shopping, cruises and sport. visitsalford.info
Discover an array of hidden treasures in Stockport, from bustling modern shopping areas to quaint cobbled streets as well as heritage attractions such as Stockport Air Raid Shelters and the Hat Works Museum. stockport.gov.uk
Tameside stretches eastward from Manchester to the fringes of the Peak District National Park. Its landscape encompasses urban centres, moorland and the spectacular vistas of Werneth Low Country Park. In the attractive, waterside setting of Portland Basin, the newly refurbished Heritage Centre celebrates the people, events and industries, which have shaped the history of Tameside over the past two hundred years. tameside.gov.uk
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Trafford is a borough of contrasts, where the urban, cultural and waterfront offer in the north meets the fashionable suburbs and picturesque countryside in the south. It’s home to Manchester United, Lancashire County Cricket Club, IWM North and Dunham Massey Hall & Gardens. visittrafford.info
Halfway between Manchester and Liverpool, Wigan is full of variety. It offers fascinating heritage, country parks, charming pubs and a diverse events programme throughout the year. wigan.gov.uk
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EXPLORE THE NORTH OF ENGLAND & NORTH WALES With Manchester’s position in the heart of the UK, it’s the perfect gateway to the North of England and North Wales
EXPLORE THE NORTH OF ENGLAND & NORTH WALES
If you’re staying for a little longer than a weekend, there’s stunning national parks, historic cities and more cosmopolitan destinations all within easy reach of the city. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake District or Peak District National Parks and North Wales; the charm of Chester or York; or the vibrant cities of Liverpool and Leeds. All can be done in a day from Manchester by rail or road. If you’re planning your visit and want everything taken care of, there are packages available which include rail travel, Meet & Greet, tours and attractions or mini-bus tours direct from Manchester. See page 104 for more information on day trips and book online at visitmanchester.com
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One of Britain’s most popular cities, its bewitching beauty and unique atmosphere make Chester an unforgettable short break destination. Visit the famous Chester Rows, take a stroll around the most complete Roman and Medieval town wall in Britain, or visit nearby Chester Zoo. visitchester.com
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The Lake District is the most famous national park in England. Its beautiful scenery including Lake Windermere and Ullswater has been inspiration to writers such as Beatrix Potter and Wordsworth. golakes.co.uk
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Leeds boasts a heady mixture of arts, culture, heritage, shopping and a thriving food and drink scene. Spend a late night shopping in Trinity Leeds or delve into the history of Kirkstall Abbey. visitleeds.co.uk
Liverpool offers cultural highlights such as the Tate Liverpool and Walker Art Gallery or you can relive the magic of the Beatles era with a visit to the worldfamous Cavern Club or on a Magical Mystery Tour. visitliverpool.com
World-class culture, vibrant nightlife, award-winning dining, inspiring heritage, fantastic shopping and acclaimed architecture are linked here, as nowhere else, by the famous Geordie spirit. newcastlegateshead.com
The best outdoor adventure activities in the world. Brilliant beaches. Thrilling mountain scenery. Fascinating ancient culture and heritage wherever you turn. North Wales has all this in abundance, and a whole lot more and is easily reached from Manchester. gonorthwales.co.uk
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Known and loved by millions for its breath-taking views, relaxation, inspiration and adventures, the Peak District National Park is a great place to extend your stay. visitpeakdistrict.com
Renowned for its exquisite architecture, tangle of quaint cobbled streets, iconic Minster and wealth of visitor attractions, York is a flourishing city, just over an hour away from Manchester. visityork.org visitmanchester.com | 95
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Chester Zoo is home to over 15,000 endangered and exotic animals based in BEAUTIFUL, award-winning gardens. With 500 different animal species in our 125 acres, youâ€™re sure to have an ADVENTURE discovering and learning about our AMAZING animals and gardens.
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HOW TO GET HERE Manchester is one of the best connected and accessible cities in the UK. Its central location means itâ€™s a great hub for your travels. BY TRAIN
There are three main stations in the city centre: Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. With direct rail services from across the country getting here is easy. Operators include: TransPennine Express, CrossCountry Trains, Great Western Railway, Northern Rail and Virgin Trains. Train journey times from: London 2hrs 6mins Edinburgh 3hrs 15mins Birmingham 1hr 28mins
Manchester is well connected to the rest of the UK via excellent motorway links. The M60 ring road connects the city to motorways north, south, east and west. Car journey times from: London 4hrs Edinburgh 4hrs Birmingham 1hr 45mins
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National Express and Megabus provide services from all over the country into Chorlton Street Coach Station in the heart of the city centre.
Manchester Airport is the third largest airport in the UK. With three terminals handling over 27m passengers each year did you know you can catch a flight from most of the major UK cities including London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Southampton and Belfast? Manchester Airport also offers a whole host of facilities and services to help ensure hassle-free travel. These include free WiFi for up to 60 minutes; Escape Lounges in all three terminals and excellent connections to the city centre and beyond with its regional railway station and Metrolink station onsite. For the latest information visit manchesteraiport.co.uk, follow @manairport or download the Manchester Airport app.
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HOW TO GET AROUND Manchester and the surrounding area is easy to get around once you are here thanks to the choice of buses, trams and trains that are available. Walking is an option too as the city centre is compact and easy to navigate. JOURNEY PLANNING
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is the official public transport body for the city. Its website has a wealth of information and a number of journey planning tools to take the stress out of travelling. tfgm.com 3OfficialTfGM
Within the city centre, Metroshuttle provides a free ‘hop on, hop off’ service linking all of the main rail stations, shopping districts and business areas. There are three services which operate on circular routes. tfgm.com/metroshuttle
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Commercial bus services run right across Greater Manchester helping you get out and about. tfgm.com/buses
Metrolink can transport you across the city region and, if you’re planning on sightseeing, Travelcards offer unlimited travel across the network. Please be sure to purchase a ticket from the on-stop ticket machines before boarding or download the free Metrolink 'Get Me There' app to book tickets in advance. metrolink.co.uk 3MCRMetrolink
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In addition to the inter-city links, the rail network connects you to the neighbouring towns and districts of Greater Manchester. tfgm.com/trains
Want to travel on any bus? Or a combination of bus, train and tram? Why not purchase a System One Travelcard. They’re accepted by most bus, train and tram companies running locally, meaning you can transfer seamlessly from bus to bus or from one transport mode to the other as many times as you like. systemonetravelcards.co.uk 3SystemOneTravel
NCP has over 30 locations across the city centre. They have a pre-book service in Manchester, so now you can guarantee a parking space before the journey begins. ncp.co.uk 3ncpcarparks APCOA Parking has five car parks in Manchester city centre including Manchester Piccadilly Station Car Park (short and long stay). apcoa.co.uk 3ApcoaParking
The city centre is easily explored on foot, with most areas within a 20 minute walk. Look out for City Hosts who are dotted around the central district to help you with directions, public transport information and details on events and attractions.
Manchester’s team of friendly street hosts are on-hand to help guide you around the heart of the of the shopping district. Ask for directions, top theatre tips and the best restaurants. manchesterbid.com
Refer to the fold out map of the city centre at the back of this guide. Or pick up a free larger version in the Visitor Information Centre or at city centre museums, galleries and attractions.
Manchester’s Visitor Information Centre in Piccadilly Gardens can provide you with everything you need to get the most out of the city, including maps, visitor guides, hotel information and even discounted tickets for various attractions across the whole region. Don’t forget you can buy plenty of original Manchester souvenirs too. Tel: 0871 222 8223 (Calls cost 13p per minute plus your telephone company's access charge) Email: touristinformation@ visitmanchester.com visitmanchester.com | 103
GETTING AROUND THE NORTH You can now easily book your day trip to destinations across Northern England and North Wales via VisitManchester and travel by train or mini-bus with Mountain Goat, Busy Bus and Manchester Sightseeing. BUSY BUS
busybus.co.uk Fully escorted tours with driver guide, return coach travel from Manchester on the same day. Lake District Includes Castlerigg Stone Circle, Grasmere and Gingerbread Shop, Ambleside and Lake Windemere Cruise. North Wales Includes Llandudno, Conwy Castle, Snowdonia National Park, Betws y Coed, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Yorkshire Includes Wensleydale creamery, Hardraw Force, Malham Cove, Ribblehead Viaduct, Hawes, Yorkshire Dales National Park. Operates on Thurs (optional days and groups on request).
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Lake District Guided Bus Tour Fully escorted tour with driver guide, return coach travel from Manchester, Lake Windermere Cruise, Hill Top (Beatrix Potter’s former home and
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grounds, additional price to enter), stunning Tarn Hows and medieval Hawkshead.
MANCHESTER SIGHTSEEING TRIPS & TOURS
manchestersightseeingtours.com Includes day return travel by train from Manchester, Meet & Greet before departure and travel pack (unescorted).
Trips include: - Alton Towers Theme Park & Resort - Blackpool Seaside Resort - Chatsworth House & Gardens, Peak District National Park and Bakewell Pudding Day Trip - Historical Chester, with lunch at the Cathedral - Chester Zoo - Cheshire Oaks & Blue Planet - Lake District – Cruise, Poetry & Grasmere Gingerbread - Lake District Cruise, Steam Train & Peter Rabbit - Liverpool & ‘The Beatles Story’ and River Cruise - Amazing Secret Places in Stockport - World of Wedgwood & Luxury Afternoon Tea - York, the Cathedral & Vikings
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